Oct 27, 2016

Steps afoot to introduce liquid baby formula to Japanese market

Japan is finally getting ready to open the way for the production and sale of ready-to-use liquid baby formula, which is likely to help reduce the burden on families raising children. The government will ask industry groups to submit data needed for setting safety ...

Household debris in wake of Tottori quake posing municipal headaches

Oct 25, 2016

Household debris in wake of Tottori quake posing municipal headaches

Broken furniture and other household debris are piling up in the wake of Friday’s magnitude-6.6 earthquake in Tottori Prefecture, and municipal governments are struggling to deal with the mess. Residents have been leaving broken electronic appliances at temporary waste disposal sites despite government requests ...

Tilting, sinking San Francisco high-rise raises alarm

Oct 24, 2016

Tilting, sinking San Francisco high-rise raises alarm

Pamela Buttery noticed something peculiar six years ago while practicing golf putting in her 57th-floor apartment at the luxurious Millennium Tower. The ball kept veering to the same corner of her living room. Those were the first signs for residents of the sleek, mirrored ...

Oct 23, 2016

Protecting people against quakes

The government should focus on improving defenses against quakes rather than spending resources on the extremely difficult task of predicting when they will strike.

Oct 16, 2016

Strong quake rattles Tohoku region

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 jolted northeastern Japan on Sunday, the Meteorological Agency agency said. No tsunami warning was issued. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the 4:37 p.m. quake. The focus of the quake was about ...

Oct 2, 2016

Property surveys viewed as risk to disaster recovery

Surveys to check and confirm property areas and boundaries have made little headway 65 years since the system was established, raising concern that recovery from natural disasters may be crippled. In urban areas, property surveys have been completed for only 20 percent of all ...

Oct 2, 2016

Heightened earthquake alert issued for Southern California

Southern California residents should remain on heightened alert until Tuesday for the increased possibility of a major earthquake, officials said. The warning by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services follows a series of small temblors deep under the Salton Sea, which is located on ...

Sep 29, 2016

Japan posts videos to prepare citizens for next big quake

Houses toppling over, fires blazing out of control, trains going off their rails and murky water rushing through the streets, sweeping cars away. These are computer-generated images in two videos released by the government this week to prepare people for a major earthquake that ...